Getting Started


This regular posting contains a list of pointers and suggestions to help somebody who is approaching the subject of Genealogy for the first time. It should be read by anyone who wishes to post to the soc.genealogy.* newsgroup hierarchy.

This document is part of a regular series of postings which are sent to all appropriate groups and mailing lists. This particular document is posted on the 15th of every month.

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Contributions by:
William Mills, Wes Plouff, Jeff Thompson, Cynthia Van Ness, Doni Wright, Jane Peppler, Phil Preen
Changes For This Version (9th September 1999)
Updated entry for IGI.

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I am new to Genealogy and would like some help.

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